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Fare & Square Announces Information Session Schedule For Employment Opportunities

Fare & Square hires Chester resident as membership manager

Philadelphia, Pa- April 22, 2013- Fare & Square, the nonprofit grocery store that will open this summer in the City of Chester, Pa, will hold the first of four job information sessions. The first information session will be held on Wednesday, May 1st from 9 am to 12 pm at PA CareerLink® Delaware County at Chester City, 701 Crosby Street, Suite B, Chester PA 19013. Chester area residents are encouraged to attend to find out more information on available positions and ways to apply. For more dates, please see list below.

Scheduled job information sessions in May are taking place the following days and times:

May 1st, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. at PA CareerLink® Delaware County at Chester City, 701 Crosby Street, Suite B, Chester PA 19013
May 4th, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at J. Lewis Crozer Library 620 Engle Street, Chester, PA 19013
May 7th, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. at PA CareerLink® Delaware County at Chester City, 701 Crosby Street, Suite B, Chester PA 19013

Fare & Square will create 40-50 new jobs and will hire from the Chester area whenever possible. Full- and part-time positions are available with competitive pay and the ability to advance. Fare & Square will also offer training opportunities for employees. Positions include department managers, receivers, maintenance clerks, cashiers, cart clerks and department clerks. Fare & Square is an equal opportunity employer and everyone in the community is encouraged to apply for positions.

Fare & Square recently hired Chester resident, Denina Hood as the Membership Manager. She begins the week of April 22nd. In her role as membership manager, Denina will head up outreach and enrollment of prospective members for Fare & Square. She will be responsible for all aspects of membership enrollment and services within Fare & Square as well as plan in-store and community based membership outreach events. Previously, Hood worked at a shelter for homeless families assisting with day to day operations and working closely with guest clients.

“Fare & Square is proud to be able to create new jobs in the City of Chester,” said Bill Clark, president of Fare & Square. “We want Fare & Square to be a community hub and want to make sure that community members are the ones who are helping us run the store and providing their insight and recommendations to ensure Fare & Square is exactly what the community needs and is looking for.”

Fare & Square will provide access to affordable food with a broad selection of products focusing on food staples like fresh produce, meats, dairy, seafood, and frozen foods. The store is on existing public transportation routes and will be open to the entire community seven days a week, 12 hours a day. Fare & Square requires all shoppers to sign up for a free membership. Eligible members will receive a percentage off of future purchase to give them the maximum value for their weekly food budget. In addition to everyday low prices, customers can utilize their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (food stamps), allowing them to maximize their purchasing power and offering SNAP outreach.

The West side of Chester is one of the 35 food deserts in the Delaware Valley according to the USDA’s food desert locator. Fare & Square will deliver reliable access to food staples, including fresh produce, through a non-profit retail shopping experience. Residents will not need to leave the city limits for nutritious foods once Fare & Square is open. Philabundance hopes to replicate this model in other communities in the Delaware Valley.

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About Fare & Square
Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, is bringing Fare & Square, a nonprofit grocery store, to the City of Chester in the summer of 2013. Fare & Square will give Chester residents convenient, reliable access to “good food right around the corner” with a focus on food staples like fresh produce, meats, dairy, seafood, and frozen foods. Fare & Square will help stretch customers dollars by accepting SNAP benefits coupled with everyday low pricing and a percentage off of future purchases for eligible customers. The west end of the City of Chester is one of 35 USDA determined food deserts in the Delaware Valley and has been without a full service grocery store since 2001. Philabundance is rehabbing the entire 21,000 sq. ft. building, creating a new gateway on the west end of Chester at the corner of 9th and Trainer will create 40 to 50 new jobs in Chester, hiring from the community when possible. Philabundance hopes to replicate this model in other communities that need it. For more information, visit www.FareandSquare.org or call 215-339-0900.

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